Patriots acquire NT Sopoaga from Eagles
Nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga was traded to the New England Patriots from the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.
In addition to Sopoaga, the Patriots receive a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft from Philadelphia. In return, New England traded its 2014 fifth-round pick to the Eagles.
Sopoaga was paid a $2.75 million signing bonus when he joined the Eagles as a free agent in the offseason. Sopoaga was a starter for the San Francisco 49ers in 2012.
The 330-pound defensive lineman brings a needed big body to the heart of the Patriots varied scheme. New England lost anchor nose tackle Vince Wilfork to a season-ending Achilles injury.
Sopoaga signed a three-year, $12 million deal and can play nose tackle or defensive end in a 3-4 defense or either inside spot in a 4-3 front.
He started in seven of the first eight games of the season for the Eagles and registered 18 total tackles.
Sopoaga has played in 133 NFL games with 87 starts and has 465 total tackles, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries.